93-year-old WWll vet receives medals nearly 70 years after service

BELLEVUE, Neb. (KMTV) - A 93-year-old World War ll veteran received his service medals nearly 70 years after his service in the Army. 

Gail Farrell is a former tailgunner of the 379th Bomb Group, which was stationed in England from 1943 to 1945. Farrell says he arrived in Europe when the worst was over.

"They lost a lot of men at that time," said Farrell at a special ceremony at Offutt Air Base in Bellevue. "379th bomb wing in Kimbolton, England is one of the best record for bombs on target. Unfortunately, that was the heaviest losses of crews too."

In front of dozens of people, Farrell was awarded three new medals: a World War ll Victory medal, an American Campaign medal, and a Good Conduct medal. He also received three bronze service stars.

Farrell says he didn't want the attention of a ceremony but thought this would be a special time to reflect on the men who served with him, whom he still thinks about daily. 

"Today was a recognition for my crew and the men that didn't come back. That means something to me," said Farrell.

 

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